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The term Salvatorians refers to members of the Society of the Divine Savior, a religious institute of the Catholic Church with priests, deacons, brothers, and clerics serving in more than 40 countries throughout world.[1] The title "Divine Savior" is a reference to Jesus Christ. The patrons are Mary, mother of Jesus, under her title "Mother of the Savior," the Apostles, Saint Michael the Archangel, and Saint Joseph. The patronal feast of the Society of the Divine Savior is Christmas Day. The Salvatorians celebrate October 11 as the "Solemnity of Mary, Mother of the Savior." Other important liturgical celebrations include Pentecost Sunday and September 5, the Feast of Blessed Mary of the Apostles.

The "Salvatorian Family" also includes the Congregation of the Sisters of the Divine Saviour and the Lay Salvatorians, officially the International Community of the Divine Savior. The Society was founded by Venerable Francis Mary of the Cross Jordan in Rome on December 8, 1881. Salvatorians use the post-nominal letters "S.D.S.".

The Generalate of the community is in Rome, in Via della Conciliazione, in Palazzo Cesi-Armellini. The current Superior General of the Salvatorians is Reverend Milton Zonta, S.D.S..

Spirituality and mission[edit]

In keeping with the spiritual vision of Father Francis Jordan, the Salvatorians are prepared to serve in any place, spreading the Gospel "by all ways and means." Their work is not limited to one particular activity, but members serve as pastors, catechists and teachers, home and foreign missionaries, chaplains, authors, musicians, counselors, spiritual directors, and in many other areas of ministry. Ultimately, their goal is to proclaim salvation to all people by making known the "loving kindness of the Savior."

The "Constitution" of the Society of the Divine Savior specifies that "Salvatorian life is apostolic and is the expression of the love of Christ urging us to spend ourselves for the salvation of all people... We proclaim Jesus Christ to all people by all ways and means which the love of Christ inspires, especially through the witness of our lives, our kindness, and our apostolic zeal. In fulfilling this ministry we always respect human dignity, and we are ready to serve all people without distinction" (§201-202).

Salvatorian scholars identify four primary biblical texts as being fundamental for understanding both the Society's charism and spiritual vision of Father Francis Jordan.[2] These include:

  1. John 17:3: "Now eternal life is this, to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."
  2. Matthew 28:19-20: "Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And, behold, I am with you always until the end of the age."
  3. Mark 16:15: "Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Gospel to every creature."
  4. Daniel 12:3: "But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament; and those who lead the many to justice will shine brightly like the stars for all eternity."

Salvatorian priests and brothers have been serving in the United States since 1892 and members of the United States province can be found serving in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin; the United States Province is based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[3]. Members of the United States Province are also currently serving on the Salvatorian Generalate in Rome, Italy, in the Philippines, and in Tanzania.


SOFIA is an acronym for the Salvatorian Office for International Aid which works alongside the Salvatorians in order to increase the impact and sustainability of the community's projects.

Established in 2008, SOFIA supports Salvatorian initiatives in health, education, rural development, and pastoral formation.[4]

Notable Salvatorians[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Salvatorians International". 
  2. ^ see "Our Biblical Roots" by Fr. Arno Boesing, S.D.S., in Salvatorian Key Elements: Charism, Mission, Spirituality, Identity, volume 2, published by the International Joint Charism Commission (2005)
  3. ^ "Ministries - Salvatorians". 
  4. ^ "SOFIA". 
  5. ^ "Fr Otto Hopfenmuller". 
  6. ^ "Fr Bonaventura Luthen". 
  7. ^ "1945". 
  8. ^ "Fr Pancratius Pfeiffer". 

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